Picture: Focus Information AgencySofia. “Over the past few years we developed measures to relief vehicular traffic, increase quality of public transport, and reduce harmful emissions.” That is what Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova said at the opening of the EUROCITIES Forum in Sofia, a reporter of FOCUS News Agency announced.
“This is great challenge for our capital city. Recently European mayors met in Paris. The problems are common and we must look for solutions together. A priority for me is to make all investments sustainable. An example is the restriction of parking in the city centre. Sofia is a typical example of big European city,” Fandakova stated and listed the applied measures for improvement of ecological norms in Sofia.
For the last four years we managed to build five two-level cloverstacks. This year we continue our work," Fandakova explained. She said that this year will begin the construction of large junction on Bulgaria Blvd and Ivan Geshov Blvd.
“We managed to renew some 90% of the trolleybuses in Sofia Municipality. We are yet to purchase more 110 new buses and thus by 2016 half of the buses in Sofia will be renewed. We launch the construction of the system for traffic management. The system gives priority to public transport and ambulances. Sofia metro is our fourth measure," Fandakova added.
She noted that in the shortest time it has brought the biggest positive impact. "We haven’t stopped its development. We have 35 km subway network and over 350,000 passengers a day," Yordanka Fandakova added.